A 79-year-old Palm Beach woman on Thursday didn’t just avoid a prison term for evading taxes on $43 million in foreign accounts. A federal judge said Mary Estelle Curran deserves a presidential pardon.
Blasting the government for prosecuting the woman who had already paid a whopping $21.6 million penalty to the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp placed Curran on probation for one year. He then immediately revoked it.
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About this case
Mary Estelle Curran, 79, was charged in November 2012 with failing to pay taxes on $43 million her late husband left her in accounts in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
In January, the Palm Beach widow pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion after paying $21.6 million in penalties.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp placed her on probation for a year, immediately revoked it and urged her attorney to seek a presidential pardon.
The amount found in Curran’s accounts is one of the largest individual tax evasion cases since the U.S. in 2008 began a crackdown on those who use foreign tax havens to hide assets from the government.